The Grandmaster The Grandmaster sounds like a kick-ass banquet. It's the story of Ip Man, the Wing Chun martial-arts legend who trained Bruce Lee, and it was… The Grandmaster The Grandmaster sounds like a kick-ass banquet. It's the story of Ip Man, the Wing Chun martial-arts legend who trained Bruce Lee, and it was… 2013-08-23 PG-13 PT108M Action/Adventure Tony Leung Chiu Wai Ziyi Zhang The Weinstein Company
Movie Review

The Grandmaster (2013)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
GRANDMASTER FLASH OR NO FLASH? Another retelling of the tale of Ip Man, the martial arts legend
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GRANDMASTER FLASH OR NO FLASH? Another retelling of the tale of Ip Man, the martial arts legend
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Aug 23, 2013; Rated: PG-13; Length: 108 Minutes; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Ziyi Zhang; Distributor: The Weinstein Company

The Grandmaster sounds like a kick-ass banquet. It's the story of Ip Man, the Wing Chun martial-arts legend who trained Bruce Lee, and it was directed by the heady sensualist Wong Kar-wai. Tony Leung plays Ip Man with his old-movie charisma and reserve, but the film, despite a few splendid fights, is a biohistorical muddle that never finds its center. Maybe that's because — big mistake! — it never gets to Bruce Lee. C+

Originally posted Aug 21, 2013 Published in issue #1274 Aug 30, 2013 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Sep 1 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$22.2 5 $280.5 A-
2. $15.7 4 $166.4 C+
3.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$11.6 2 $32.2 C-
4. $10.5 3 $59.7 F
5.
As Above, So Below
Universal
$10.3 1 $10.3 C
6.
The November Man
Relativity
$10.2 1 $11.9 C
7. $8.0 2 $18.7 NA
8.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$6.9 3 $33.1 C-
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$6.3 4 $41.1 B
10.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$4.5 3 $34.2 B
* in millions